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The 10 Most Common Myths About CBD, Debunked

We set the record straight with these 10 popular myths about CBD.
August 19, 2020

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CBD’s popularity is continuously increasing, and with it, myths about CBD are also present. In today’s cannabis industry, we are continually seeing new CBD brands and new CBD-based products coming out every day. Additionally, scientists and researchers from all over the globe are investigating CBD and its effects. Every month there’s at least one new study saying that CBD can treat or cure any disease. Still, there’s a lot of studying that needs to be done around this subject. If you want to know more about this popular cannabinoid, check our CBD Guide that explains everything you need to know about it. Even though CBD is getting more popular, more widely accepted, and more studied, there’s still a lot of misleading, inaccurate, and false information around it. That’s why we’ve come up with this selection of the 10 most common misconceptions and myths around CBD. Because there is nothing more important than being educated and conscious consumers.

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1. CBD Is Non-Psychoactive

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Non-psychoactive is a term that gets thrown around quite often when talking about CBD because it does not produce that intoxicating feeling, or high, that other cannabinoids like THC produce. Well, the truth is that it’s not at all accurate to say that. Here’s why: a psychoactive substance interacts with your nervous system producing a change in mood or behavior. Many substances that we regularly consume, like caffeine, are considered psychoactive because they produce an effect in our bodies, and that’s pretty much what CBD does. CBD interacts with various neurotransmitters and their receptors to produce an effect in our system. The most popular and most documented effects of CBD are anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic effects. So, if you’ve ever felt calmer or more balanced after taking CBD, you have experienced its psychoactive properties. In the future, don’t say non-psychoactive and say non-intoxicating instead.

2. CBD Has No Side Effects

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CBD has indeed been established to be a safe, low-risk substance by the World Health Organization and other national and international regulatory institutions. CBD is non-intoxicating, non-toxic, and non-addictive. But, that doesn’t mean that CBD does not have any side effects. The truth is that CBD is not for everyone because it does have some side effects that are important to know. After all, they can be potentially harmful to some people. CBD affects certain metabolic enzymes in our livers that break down medications. So if you’re taking any pharmaceuticals, the best thing would be to take low dosages of CBD or stop taking it. Ultimately, the best thing to do is to consult with a medical professional who can give you proper advice.

3. All Forms Of CBD Work In The Same Way

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In today’s market, CBD can be found in flowers, oils, tinctures, topicals, edibles, and vape pens. Besides that, there’s full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolated CBD, and they’re all different. Even though it’s all the same compound, not all types of CBD deliver the same effect. There’s evidence that our bodies will absorb more CBD from a full-spectrum source than from an isolate. This happens because of something called The Entourage Effect. Cannabinoids tend to work better when absorbed with other naturally occurring components of the plant, like terpenes and flavonoids. They all work together to magnify and enhance the effects of each other. And that’s what happens with full-spectrum CBD. The more you take, the greater the effects. With isolates, in contrast, you’re getting the pure molecule. This means that you will need much more CBD isolate to get the same results of full-spectrum CBD.

4. All Sources Of CBD Are Equal

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Just like the type of CBD matters, where you get your CBD from also matters. Today, CBD is mostly found in cannabis plants, including hemp. But some hemp plants produce different levels of CBD than others. Industrial hemp, primarily used for fiber, seeds, and oil, has a very low percentage of CBD and other cannabinoids and components of the plant. Craft hemp, on the other hand, is carefully grown to have high percentages of CBD. Different plants have been found to produce low levels of CBD, and there are even some companies that sell non-cannabis plant-derived CBD. Any product that says that is made with synthetic, lab-made CBD. Your CBD will be different depending on whether it comes from industrially sourced hemp, craft hemp, or synthetic. Even though it’s the same component, the end result and the effect won’t be the same. 

5. There Is No Proof Of CBD’s Medical Benefits

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Some people talk about CBD as a miracle substance that can cure cancer and several other illnesses. Others, in contrast, say that CBD is all a bunch of speculation and that there is no hard evidence of it being beneficial in treating any health issues. Even though it is not accurate to say that CBD can cure cancer or stuff like that, it is also not accurate to say that it has absolutely no value in treating any ailments. The truth is that it has been more than two years since the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved some CBD-based drugs that treat childhood seizure disorders. And today, there are plenty of clinical trials being conducted that study the potential beneficial effect of the compound in treating a myriad of diseases. It is more than probable that in the near future, there will be much more scientifically-proven benefits of CBD and illnesses that can be treated with it.

6. CBD Activates The Cannabinoid Receptors

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This one seems very illogical and hard to understand. How is it possible that CBD, which falls into the cannabinoid category, does not activate our endocannabinoid system? CBD is indeed an endocannabinoid just like THC, which does activate our natural endocannabinoid receptors. Even though CBD is a cannabinoid and has a very similar structure to THC, when analyzed in the lab, we see that it does not activate the cannabinoid receptors. That’s right. CBD does impact our endocannabinoid system in two proven ways. The first one: it regulates our body’s natural production of endocannabinoid receptors. The second one: it depresses the activity of the endocannabinoid receptors. In other words, it does not activate them; instead, it deactivates them. This is why some people say that CBD is good for counteracting the adverse psychoactive effects of being too high on THC.

7. More CBD Is Better

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When it comes to CBD, more does not necessarily mean better. In fact, it can mean quite the opposite. For example, lab results have shown that, when it comes to pure CBD isolate, there is a peak effective dose. This means that if you take more than that, you’re not getting the benefit of the higher dose. Also, as mentioned above, we have to take the entourage effect into account. Some full-spectrum CBD products may contain less CBD than broad-spectrum or isolate products. Still, the full-spectrum product’s effects are more enhanced and potent because of the other naturally occurring compounds present in the plant extract that highlight the effects of CBD. There’s still much investigation to be done in this area to determine the exact dose you need. For now, we recommend you try different doses and products until you find something that works for you. 

8. CBD Is Like THC Minus The High

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This myth is false for the same reason as several other myths on this list. CBD and THC, even though they are both cannabinoids and have similar structures, do not affect the endocannabinoid system in the same way. Each one has it’s individual benefits and side effects. THC is known to have more cerebral effects, the popular high, while CBD delivers more of a body high that relaxes your muscles and reduces inflammation. Those two highs are very different. Here’s our guide to identifying what type of high you’re feeling. At the end of the day, it comes down to each individual personal chemistry and overall purpose to determine if CBD or THC is better. And once again, there is a lot of research needed in this area. Just as THC and CBD deliver different effects, who says they cannot be complementary? 

9. CBD Has Immediate, Super Potent Effects

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Most people think that after you try CBD, you’ll get immediately tired, locked to a couch, and fall asleep. This is a very common misconception, once again, influenced by THC. When you use THC, the effects are pretty recognizable after a few minutes, and sometimes it may hit you very hard and get you into the too-high state. CBD, in reality, does not have that hard-hitting effects, unless you’re taking a massive dose. Some people may not even feel immediate or mid-term positive effects after consuming CBD. Ideally, if you want to clearly identify CBD’s effects on your body, use it for long periods. Usually, after seven days of continuous use, you’ll start to notice its effects. Also, be very conscious of how you feel before and after taking it and set a purpose of why you’re taking it. That way, it will be easier to see the results.

10. You Can’t Fail A Drug Test With CBD

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This one requires a bit of a more in-depth explanation. Yes, it is true that CBD does not have the intoxicating effects of other cannabinoids, such as THC. But, it is also true that full-spectrum CBD products, as mentioned before, have THC. In most cases, it is found in ultra-low percentages, but it’s still present and can be traced on a drug test. Basically, if you take a full-spectrum CBD product regularly and then take a drug test, THC may appear, even in very low percentages, so be wary of this and be ready to explain those results to your boss.    

Conclusion on CBD Myths

As you can see, there are multiple misconceptions about this compound and its effects. CBD has been around for many years now, but it is not until recently that scientists and researchers are starting to look into it. This uncertainty and general lack of knowledge has allowed these myths and false claims about the component to appear. It is our duty as members of the cannabis community to debunk these myths and set the record straight. We recommend that you try CBD for yourself, and the best way to do so is with top-quality products from recognized brands like Botany Farms. Click here to buy yours and experience what premium CBD feels like!

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